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The “Lock-In” Pharmacy Approach to Rx Drug Abuse

By Kevin Schweers

A proposal to restrict certain Medicare beneficiaries to use only a dedicated, “lock-in” pharmacy for their controlled substances is now a part of legislation introduced by two House lawmakers. Continue reading ‘The “Lock-In” Pharmacy Approach to Rx Drug Abuse’

Study Highlights Independent Pharmacies’ Role in Caring for Underserved Patients

By Kevin Schweers

Independent community pharmacies play a key health role in underserved, inner-city communities and that fact is reaffirmed by some of the results of a study in the November Health Affairs, which also urged policymakers to consider incentives to foster more pharmacies in neglected areas.

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The Morning After

By Kurt A. Proctor, Ph.D., RPh, NCPA Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

After a great NCPA Annual Meeting in Austin, we weren’t done. On Wednesday, October 22nd we kept the momentum going with a day-long “Networking for High Performance Pharmacies” program for a standing room only crowd of 140 industry leaders. This provocative program afforded like-minded pharmacists not only the opportunity to get to know each other but to engage with public and private payers to hear about their plans for pay-for-performance and quality related network inclusion criteria.

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Medicare Reprimands PBMs over Apparent Prescription Drug Benefit Violations

By Kevin Schweers

On the eve of open enrollment for the 2015 plan year for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D drug plans, The New York Times has recounted concerns repeatedly raised by Medicare officials concerning pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that have inappropriately delayed or denied access to prescription drugs. Continue reading ‘Medicare Reprimands PBMs over Apparent Prescription Drug Benefit Violations’

Independent Pharmacies Vital to Rural Health, Study Affirms

By Kevin Schweers

Independent community pharmacies continue to play a critical role in rural health care, according to new research. The ranks of these pharmacies declined slightly in recent years and somewhat stabilized after several turbulent years that coincided with implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, researchers concluded.

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Legislation Promoting #PharmacyChoice for Seniors Now Has 74 Congressional Supporters

By Stephanie DuBois, Director, Marketing Communications

Sharing personal stories about the impact that so-called “preferred” networks have on their patients and businesses, community pharmacists around the country made their voices heard on social media during the August Congressional recess and in early September. Their powerful pleas helped to push the total number of Congressional supporters for critical pharmacy choice legislation to 74 as of Sept. 19. Continue reading ‘Legislation Promoting #PharmacyChoice for Seniors Now Has 74 Congressional Supporters’

Health Economist Shreds PBMs’ Claim of Large Cost Increase from “Any Willing Pharmacy” Medicare Proposal

By Kevin Schweers

Claims by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that a massive cost increase would result from legislation giving Medicare seniors in medically underserved areas more convenient access to discounted or “preferred” copays are “theoretically baseless,” a noted health care economist and antitrust expert argues in a new analysis.

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